ALWAYS keep the firearm unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
NRA Rule #3 Safe Gun Handling
Wear visible LC & SA identification when on club grounds.
Sign in upon entering, and sign out when leaving, at the clubhouse when using club facilities.
Know & follow all LC & SA rules when on club grounds.
Members not adhering to the above are subject to suspension of membership privileges up to and including expulsion from the club.
The 1911 pistol remains the service pistol of choice in the eyes of those who understand the problem. Back when we audited the FBI academy in 1947, I was told that I ought not to use my pistol in their training program because it was not fair. Maybe the first thing one should demand of his sidearm is that it be unfair.